Murdoch17

Benny's Classic Space models - rockets, robots and retro space!

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On 12/2/2018 at 4:44 PM, Renny The Spaceman said:

Ooo, snazzy!

 

On 12/3/2018 at 7:28 AM, sander1992 said:

I saw the pic on Flickr.

Nice update.

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Thanks @Renny The Spaceman and @sander1992. I thought about waiting the three weeks to post these, but then my will to wait broke down and I posted them anyway. The four new building pictures are all in the first post!

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4 hours ago, sander1992 said:

Nice! :thumbup:

Interesting choice for Space.

I guess someone was a bit nostalgic. :laugh:

Thank you @sander1992! Well, it was either this mansion, or a blue / white / light bluish gray Classic Space version of the Darth Vader's castle set. My brother, who is building a Neo-Blacktron base, beat me to that set with his version (currently on order from Bricklink) so I went with my 10228 model in CS colors. (I didn't want to seem like I was copying him, and besides, the castle already looks evil enough without lime green and trans-bright green added in!)

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It's nice to see you've finally got your Classic Space mansion built IRL.  The dark red roof looks a lot better than it did in the render.  I can't wait to see it with the walls and everything, too.  May I ask if your brother has an account on Eurobricks or Flickr?  I'd be interested to see how his building style compares to yours.

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9 hours ago, icm said:

It's nice to see you've finally got your Classic Space mansion built IRL.  The dark red roof looks a lot better than it did in the render.  I can't wait to see it with the walls and everything, too.  May I ask if your brother has an account on Eurobricks or Flickr?  I'd be interested to see how his building style compares to yours.

Thanks, and neither can I! Here is his flickr. He hasn't uploaded much yet (82 photos so far), but he's working on it. He doesn't have a Eurobricks account, but some of his models are pretty cool. Sometimes we borrow models from each other, as you will find, with his original blacktron fighter, which started life as my Nexus force fighter ship.

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Classic Space 75217 MOD Conveyex Crawler Transporter (UPDATE)

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I added trans-yellow windows and eight air-tank friendly seats to my already-finished Conveyex Crawler to turn it from a cargo hauler to a people transporter. The 160 parts (total) should be ordered to convert the older, real world model to it's new form come January 2019. This will be a much cheaper option than buying the other train I unveiled in the Train Tech forum by about $200 USD, and I won't have to worry about adding in any track (or more openings) to my current space base setup I've already designed.

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Each of the two former cargo cars can hold four seats each behind the fold-up side walls, plus on both of the engine units is the dual drivers compartments, located on either side of the tread behind the square openings.

Any thoughts on this new development?

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Oh, I like that better.  It fits the character of Benny better than the cargo hauler (since when does Benny care about coaxium and brutish armor?) or the rail train (too twentieth-century).  The big yellow windows on this train match the big, inviting yellow windows of the 78-79 CS bases.  They give the same message of come and stay a while, and check out our new equipment! The windowless Conveyex gives the message of outta my way or imma run you over.

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On 12/13/2018 at 11:39 AM, icm said:

Oh, I like that better.  It fits the character of Benny better than the cargo hauler (since when does Benny care about coaxium and brutish armor?) or the rail train (too twentieth-century).  The big yellow windows on this train match the big, inviting yellow windows of the 78-79 CS bases.  They give the same message of come and stay a while, and check out our new equipment! The windowless Conveyex gives the message of outta my way or imma run you over.

Thanks @icm for your help! I'm gonna get the parts for the Conveyex's windows, plus two Benny's space squad's (when I can find them) after Christmas is over.

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So this is what nearly 2,500 parts of Classic Space base wall looks like in raw, un-built form! Soon, (hopefully by new years eve, as it's a lot of repetitive work) these will form twelve straight sections, four corners, and one main gate with two interlocking / sliding door sections on it.

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These segments are all modular based, so they can be rearranged in any way or size I want. The largest of these possible formats is four XL base-plates square. (96 x 96 studs, or 30 inches by 30 inches!)

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Here is what it looked like when I ordered the parts, way back in early September. I'm making amends to the original design to make space for the 10228-style mansion (see previous posts) and it's support walls.

 

This also constitutes as my Christmas haul post for 2018, so Happy Holidays!

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Just picked up these six astronauts this morning from the LEGO store, and finally finished building the modular Classic Space base walls too. More pics will come as soon as some of my stuff comes back from the show it is currently at.

In-universe picture description:

The astronauts you see here are the famous "Lost Six". These half-dozen brave souls were with Benny in 1988 when the space station they were on was ambushed by Blacktron I forces and blasted into a black hole. Benny managed to escape the station before it entered the gravity field, but only just in the nick of time. (He could not reach his ship mates due to a computer error with the hatch systems.) Benny's suit was damaged in the escape, and he still wears it like that to this day as a reminder of his failure to get his crew off in time. This is the last picture of the Lost Six, with Benny out of frame because he took the picture. (He was supposed to be in the picture, but he forgot to set the timer on that take.) Will we ever see these brave men and women again? Only time will tell! 

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After constructing my current building for Benny, I realized it is too small to fit everything inside that I wanted to include. Thus, I was inspired to redo this earlier model from the Jurassic World set 75930 (Indoraptor Rampage at Lockwood Estate), with some design cues from Classic Space sets from the 1980's.  (I will be taking apart my 10228-style house to make this model in January 2019.)
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The main dollhouse-style mansion model was built from the set pictures of 75930 and from features from the second Jurassic world movie itself, with the fall-apart play features removed and two opening rear quarter-sections added to match the front half. The model also features an added round "time window" for Benny to experiment with in his spare time. As usual, the classic space logo goes just above the front door, but below the balcony on the 4 x 2 slope.

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The rear of the mansion features a conservatory and the chimney flue, along with a back door and rear porch light.

The fortress walls you see on either left and right ends were inspired by a very much expanded and modified Jurassic World set 75919 (Indominus Rex Breakout). This building will be part of the modular fortress designed to hold spaceships and ground vehicles for Benny's classic space fleet, along with the giant robot I have already constructed in real life.

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The house folds apart, with the two rear sections opening in quarters up to 90 degrees, while the conservatory opens up to 180 to allow for figure placement. (Up to five Technic pins can hold the model shut at key points for transportation with ease and handling with little fragility.)

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The front half on the found floor features the entry hall, TV room with couch and dining room. The second floor features the custom-printed master computer (un-printed here in LDD) Benny's bedroom and office. The uppermost two floors features the science lab, with the time window and radar / communication dish control stations (sadly also un-printed).

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The right rear quarter has the dining room on the first floor, a miniature model city on the second level, and a rocket model on the third floor. Stairs from the first to second level are in the section, as is the back door to exit the building.

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The left rear quarter features the conservatory and some furniture on the first and second floor. This section also has stairs from second to third floors, plus a '80's video game cabinet (Astro Nut, of course!) on the second floor, along with Benny's golden arcade video game tournament trophy.

 

Expect to see this revised and expanded mansion model in mid-January 2019, and @icm @sander1992 I think you might like this one a bit better than before!

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Great update, @Murdoch17.

I look forward to the real life version of this.

Perhaps a bit more interior with some controls or a small power supply to fill the mansion.

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